Mike Hopkins: Raw 100 - Video

Mar 16, 2016
by Scott Secco  
 
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bigquotesMike Hopkins and I have worked on numerous videos over the past few seasons and there's a good reason for that. Aside from being an amazing rider, Hopkins is a fantastic photographer himself and understands what goes into making a beautiful image. He's willing to go the extra distance to get the shot, especially when it means waking up cold and hungry on the top of a mountain, miles from cell service, or a warm shower. Red Bull's Raw 100 series was the perfect excuse for us to get lost in the alpine of Revelstoke, British Columbia. I wanted to strip the video down the absolute minimum: no music, no camera movement, just pure unadulterated adventure.


Scott Secco

Images from Mike Hopkins Raw 100 - Video blog
  The scenery wasn't bad.
Images from Mike Hopkins Raw 100 - Video blog
  Mike Hopkins.
Images from Mike Hopkins Raw 100 - Video blog
  Scott Secco.
Images from Mike Hopkins Raw 100 - Video blog
  Bruno Long.
Images from Mike Hopkins Raw 100 - Video blog
  Alpine light rules.
Images from Mike Hopkins Raw 100 - Video blog
  The views didn't suck.
Images from Mike Hopkins Raw 100 - Video blog
  We woke up to this.
Images from Mike Hopkins Raw 100 - Video blog
  Best hotel ever.
Images from Mike Hopkins Raw 100 - Video blog
  Inukshuk foreground with our lodging in the background.


Rider/Article Photographer: Mike Hopkins
Video: Scott Secco
Magazine Photographer/Chef/Location Scout: Bruno Long
Sound Design: Keith White


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92 Comments

  • + 109
 Raw videos are one of the best things to come out of mtb for a while... Hats off Mike n Scott!
  • + 12
 Just wow. Hats off to the makers. Hopkins is one of the pros I follow the most. So much output in form of his writing, his photography and his riding both on bikes and skis. One of the most interesting and follow worthy characters in MTB for sure!
  • - 1
 i second that benny ^^
  • + 3
 We need moar raw 100!! Good job Scotty and crew!

www.pinkbike.com/news/video-brandon-semenuk-raw-100-2015.html (iz love this one)
  • + 24
 Hats off?! This one deserves full nudity!
  • + 2
 Mike Hopkins is the quintessential mountain biker, and thank god for talented people like @scottsecco for bringing works of art like this to our computer screens. Definitely an inspiration to get out there and live these experiences.
  • + 0
 Yeah definitely is Joss mountain, curious if you did the East or West approach?

Would you be willing to share some more details as far as the exact distance and route you traveled in the video? Just curious because this trail can be ridden as an out n back in a few hours...did you link up any other trails or hike a bike over any other passes in the area to extend the ride?
  • + 1
 the end shot reminded me of "the shinning" lol
  • + 0
 RAW Thank you!
  • + 0
 what ever it is, this is it.
  • + 27
 Favorite bit of filmmaking in a long, long while. Brilliant job fellas
  • + 19
 Well, THAT was amazing...
  • + 15
 *Initiating Slow Clap*
  • + 12
 HOPKINS?! HOPKINS!! CAN YA HEEEEEAAR ME?
  • + 2
 @cheezario The best thing about your comment is that Hopkins hates it when people remind him of that. Needless to say, I screenshotted your comment and sent it to him.
  • + 4
 @scottsecco That was awesome. How do you capture sound like that, do you record it at the same time as the image (a mic on the bike for the long focal length shots maybe?) or do you record it separately and try to match it to the shots?
  • + 10
 Hi @Pedro404 the sound is added in post production by Keith White Audio. He did an awesome job on this video for me!
  • + 6
 @scottsecco so the sound added in post isn't recorded on site at all, its all generated afterwards? That's pretty impressive, you could have fooled me.
How common is adding in the sound later like that?
  • + 6
 @LavenderGooms Virtually every professional video has sound added in post production. Sometimes it'll just be audio cut from a different shot and used in another spot of the video. It definitely makes it more fun to watch!
  • - 13
flag VTwintips (Mar 16, 2016 at 15:42) (Below Threshold)
 I feel like its definetely not a raw video if the sound isn't from the actual sound in the shot. That's kinda the whole point.

That's as unprofessional as a photoshopped photo claimed to be original. I'll put it right next to photoshopped celebrities changing the beauty norms.

Not only that, but even GoPro's are capable of recording the sound necessary for creating a raw video. I don't mean to advertise our own work, but I mean, the shitty backyard video that my friends and I made uses sound that is not transplanted from other clips and they really add to the video. We may have turned the background sound up to compete with the overlaid music, but we're not claiming this to be a raw video anyways.

www.pinkbike.com/video/269372

I hope you change the title of this video, or at the very least see a pinkbike poll in the coming weeks addressing this issue.

I also feel inclined to say that I really enjoy your photos, because I'm not trying to blast you, just this shocking media realization.
  • + 31
 Hey @VTwintips thanks for your comment! For me personally the only rules for ''raw'' are no music and no slow mo. The actual camera audio just doesn't sound as good as this, so why would I want to make a worse viewing experience for people? I think ''shocking media realization'' is blowing things a bit out of proportion. This is supposed to be entertainment, after all. Hopefully you can still enjoy a free video of someone having fun on their bike.
  • + 12
 "ooooh baby I like it rawwwwwwwww!" - Ol' Dirty

wait... what is raw?
  • + 2
 @vtwintips dude. Please tell me that your feeling that this was a "shocking media realization" was not serious and was dripping in sarcasm? It seems way too ridiculous to be serious, yet your comment isn't funny which suggests no sarcasm. If this was a shocking media realization for you, you should really expand your horizons.
  • + 0
 @Scottsecco... I think the reason raw videos are cool is because they bring a perspective that reveals all of the sounds that you tend to tune out while you are focusing full blast on the jump ahead, or cleaning a climb. Its mind-blowingly cool to think about it that way. Its like appreciating a unique set of natural tits. My concern is that although with any raw video, the point is to exaggerate sounds that we ignore, it is going in the direction of the overuse of slowmo. If those sounds that you added aren't actually there, then we aren't ignoring them, and the magic of the raw video is false.

And I think your video drifts in that direction of overuse rather than artistic touch, especially after learning that its not the true sound anyways. In my view, that's not raw is about. I think the intent of your video is clearly to create an artistic piece emphasizing the environment over the rider, who never really is the center of attention. There are no close ups on the rider doing a slow mo whip buzzing by the camera and over half of the edit is filler that focuses on the sound of nature. Which is f*cking cool and necessary for a change of pace in the progression of art in the bike world.

But I stand by what I said in that this is like photoshopping a photo. Learning that the sound isn't real takes away from the video a bit to me, kind of like realizing that an actress has a boob job. Big fake tits bouncing in your face are great, but if if the tits are small, they better be real.

Does that make sense?
  • + 0
 @VwHarman, I guess I was really stoked on the video and then super let down when I learned that it wasn't what I thought it was. We can downgrade that to disappointing video secret if that sounds better.
  • + 3
 That was nice (understatement...)

Really like the RAW100 concept. This one and the Bas van Steenbergen RAW100 are both exceptional in giving you the itch to grab your bike and go out riding!
www.pinkbike.com/news/red-bull-raw-100-liam-mullany-bas-van-steenbergen-2015.html
  • + 5
 There are some videos that make me want to walk straight out of the office to go riding. This is one of those! Awesome work guys.
  • + 7
 Logged in just to say great edit.
  • + 8
 oh, shit
  • + 4
 Best part of this amazing video was that it felt so attainable. Nothing I couldn't do was shown, just pure awesome adventure that was truly inspiring.
  • + 7
 Scott you are insane !
  • + 4
 haha you're not the first person to say that! @remymetailler
  • + 6
 such a waste of excelent cinematography in a bad quality hd player...
  • + 40
 Things Pinkbikers hate that I have absolutely no problems with:

1. The Red Bull video player.
2. Specialized Bicycles.
3. Avid Elixir Brakes.
4. Reverb Seat Post.
  • + 4
 redbull mediaplayer/playstation app easily got me through the last couple WC seasons and crankworx with no worries.
  • + 9
 @luis-beri @TheR
The Redbull Player is passable if you've got solid internet, but overall, even operating on full blast, the quality is way below today's standards. Offering a maximum of 720p (even though when they really want to they'll do 1080p) in 2016 is pretty hurting, especially when their source files are being delivered in 1080p and 4k. Of course, there's alot that goes into video quality besides resolution, but all in all, this player is falling way behind across the board
  • + 0
 I've probably had a grand total of 13 ounces of Red Bull in my life, most on one night in 1997. It's a horrible product that will surely be the subject of future "they drank WHAT back then?" conversations.
Still and yet, Red Bull rules. No problems with their free players / apps / whatever. You should ask for your money back.
  • + 3
 1. Never ever had a problem with the Red Bull player.
2. Never had a Specialized bike, but they are pretty, and employe some pretty awesome riders to watch.
3. Had Elixir brakes on my hardtail for 3+ years, they are fine
4. I love my Reverb.
  • + 1
 The pinkbikers are right.
  • + 1
 Some players have to little quality by modern standards... of bored user expectations
  • + 3
 People who have no issues with the RB player certainly don't have a poor internet speed either.. Wink
  • + 2
 @scottsecco Such a good video and so satisfying to watch with the sound, I really enjoyed it. This is what RAW is all about IMO, audio that compliments well shot and still properly composed video. The simple fact that that RAW has no music means you rely on the sound effects, and this video nailed it.

Pinkbike...RAW is not an excuse for videographer laziness, bad camera work or crap sound
  • + 1
 @furnivalmedia Thank you so much! Awesome to hear from a fellow filmmaker, really appreciate the kind words.
  • + 2
 Having dealt with giardia myself, eating sun cupped old snow and drinking from water holes where man and beast can get to makes my guts gurgle..... Not to dismiss a fine piece of cinema in the slightest, but back country survival might well involve some water filtration. I want to go!
  • + 5
 Great light very real world riding!
  • + 4
 Amazing Video. Amazing Idea. Amazing Images. Amazing everything! Did I mention it was Amazing?

Oh man! What a dream!!!
  • + 5
 Stunning.
  • + 2
 I think that's the first time in years I've actually seen Scott's face. Never on Instagram, vids, never see it until now. Huh. Btw love your work
  • + 2
 Despite all the "it isn't RAW" commentary it still got me stoked to go ride.
  • + 4
 Great photos!
  • + 2
 Short but sweet, is there a full length sound track so i can play this on loop all day, and pretend im not really here!
  • + 2
 10/10, would peacefully enjoy again.
  • + 2
 Amazing storytelling without saying a word. Brilliant.
  • + 2
 I live in a town named Hopkins Big Grin
  • + 2
 Awesome work as always Scott Smile
  • + 2
 Thanks for showing us how it should look like a real mountain biking :-)
  • + 2
 Nice work, guys! @longwheelie is that your new headshot?!
  • + 1
 Fantastic! Congratulations guys, amazing work, loving the concept and the execution!
  • + 1
 That was so good, its amazing how much awesome you can pack into 100 seconds!
  • + 2
 That's the best soundtrack to a bike video ever...
  • + 1
 If that's not mountain biking,i don't know what is. Fantastic.
  • + 2
 bushmen
  • + 1
 Great video. Really conveyed the feel of a backcountry adventure
  • + 2
 Watched it twice
  • + 1
 havent seen video that makes me wanna ride more than this one.
  • - 1
 It's a cool video! But when we think of a RAW video, we all want to see some trail slaying!! Especially with a rider like Mike Hopkins.
  • + 2
 Beautiful...
  • + 1
 The longest clip is the best one.
  • + 2
 awesome
  • + 1
 I loved it. I think I'm headin to Revy once the snow leaves
  • + 1
 Hope you get a chance to go to Gobi Desert for a new trip.
  • + 2
 very well done!
  • + 2
 it sounds good!
  • + 2
 damn, i just it raw
  • + 1
 okay wtf i just watched that was soooooo amazing
  • + 2
 HELL YEAH SCOTT!!
  • + 2
 That was Superb!
  • + 2
 Incredibile
  • + 0
 I would love to know what kind of microphone system they used to pick up that level of audio, it is fantastic.
  • + 1
 Great video and series. Thanks
  • + 2
 I liked it.
  • + 1
 gorgeous
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